Friday, October 17, 2014

Elizabeth Hamilton and Peter Fasano at John Rosselli, DC

I had the pleasure earlier this week of attending a presentation by husband & wife fabric designers Elizabeth Hamilton and Peter Fasano at the beautiful John Rosselli showroom here in Washington earlier this week. I had first heard of the design duo on everyone's favorite design blog Style Court who frequently references their work. Events like this aren't only great learning experiences but a fun chance to catch up with friends.
Due to some unfortunate weather the crew was small but vivacious.  The ever lovely Sally Steponkus, Josh Hildreth, Frank Babb Randolph (who doesn't have a website but then again is a self-professed NON-reader of blogs), and Atlanta's notable blogger 'The Blue Remembered Hills' (amongst others) were on hand to learn about hand printed and hand painted fabrics.
The banter between Elizabeth and Peter was almost as interesting as the discussion of how they produce their fabrics; both those readily available (at John Rosselli) and their custom projects. You probably saw in last month's issue of House Beautiful magazine an article of 4 designers working with them on completely different custom fabric designs.
Naturally the fabric swatches of the husband and wife team are mounted side by side in the showroom.
Peter specialized in hand painted fabrics while they lived in NYC and after their move they've been concentrating more on silk screening. For all the pattern they are known for professionally Peter said in their own house they prefer more texture and no pattern!
As always the showroom was filled with goodies that I wanted to take home. I also loved that the store is scented with delicious candles. It's more like visiting a stylish friend's home instead of a showroom!  I particularly loved the lounge chairs below with the cute drinks table, available in wood or metal. Stop into John Rosselli in Georgetown to see whats new and prepare to be inspired by visiting all of the links I've included in this posting!
Many thanks to the staff at John Rosselli for making me quite at home and all of my dear friends who were in attendance making for such a fun mid-day treat.


My Notting Hill said...

Looks like a wonderful event. Great pics too!

Karena Albert said...

Stefan what an interesting event and how great that you were able to catch up with friends at the same time. Hand printed and hand painted fabrics are so special...a very creative and artistic team!

The Arts by Karena

Pigtown*Design said...

Jealous! That was a horrible night, indeed! Three inches of rain.

Pigtown*Design said...

Jealous! That was a horrible night, indeed! Three inches of rain.

Mark Ruffner said...

I have great admiration for those who would work in a medium that I'd find daunting! I'll bet it was a fascinating evening, and that you came away with some ideas of your own!

Windlost said...

Oh Stefan - that sounds like such an interesting talk. Once again, I am living my design dreams vicariously through you, my favorite student of the design arts. I love all the tours and talks you attend - my perfect sort of evening or weekend activity.

I have been in that store and spent about an hour looking at all the fabrics last time I was in DC. I could have spent 5 hours. Have you ever actually seen Mr. Rosselli there? I think he's usually in NYC. Glad you had fun and learned stuff too!

xo Terri

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

I wanted to go and support Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton so bad! I've used a lot of PF fabrics. So sorry I couldn't make it.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

And how fun it would've been to catch up with everyone!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Stefan so wish I could of attended, but so glad you did a post!